What an amazing day it was. We had an early start- there by 7.30am- to set up our tables and tea settings. 6 nervous State finalists sat around in the green room waiting to be called in front of the 3 international judges including Dilhan Fernando the son of the Dilmah tea company founder. I was finalist no. 5 so by the time it got to me I was a nervous wreck! We then had to present our high tea and explain our theme and recipes, including our rationale and sustainability information. I made a rosy punch using Dilmah Rose and French Vanilla tea, and also made smoked salmon crepes served with their Ranwatte single region tea. The 3 judges were very kind, and said they found my presentation "homey" which I hope was a compliment. It was a huge day and I went home in the afternoon thoroughly elated and exhausted. My sister had come up from the coast to be my assistant, which was a blessing. Not sure if I will do it again next year but they said it gets into your blood and you become addicted to it. We will see!